Back to School Cool!

New Releases for August!!!

It’s that time of year again!  The time when teachers start counting down the days until they can escape the nonsense!  But don’t worry, because the kids are doing it, too!  Heck, even the publishers are slowing down this time of year…

So to get you over that back-to-school reading slump, we thought we’d share with you a few of the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to stuff into our backpacks!!

1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

torch.jpgAge: Young Adult
Releases: August 30
Series: 2 of ?

Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

So as I am writing this (back here in the land of April) I am currently listening to An Ember in the Ashes on audiobook so I specifically didn’t post the whole summary for this book because I didn’t want to spoil it for myself!  Hopefully by the time you read this I’ll have a review up of the first book in the series that I can link to.  Here’s hoping the second is as good as the first is shaping up to be!!

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

neverReleases: August 9
Age: Young Adult

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Gorgeous cover.  Kind of a V for Vendetta thing going on there.  And I like that she can speak with shadows.  Are they ghosts? Demons?  Or real shadows?  Also, who builds a city out of the bones of a dead god???

Because that’s not creepy at all….

 3. Vicarious by Paula Stokes

vicarious.jpgReleases: August 16
Age: Young Adult

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.
Now they work as digital stunt girls, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer.

Love the artwork on the cover, and I love the concept of people getting paid to do dangerous stunts by other people. There was a similar concept in Robin Wasserman’s Skinned trilogy, but it was a side storyline, and not the main focus. It’s be interesting to see this fleshed out more…like in Vicarious!

 4. Wax by Gina Damico

wax.jpgReleases: August 2
Age: Young Adult

Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car.
With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find answers. But things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem…

OMG yes.  Just yes.  House of Wax here we come. This book has got that crazily awesome concept that reminds you of an R. L. Stine story, and a wax boy named Dud.  Plus how do you not love the pun on the cover? “Evil has met its match.” Hahahahahaha…sigh.
What?  My sense of humor is simple and involves lots of punning.  Deal with it.

5. The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

bronzeAge: Middle Grade
Releases: August 30
Series: 3 of 5

Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe.
But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.

Okay honestly?  We don’t even care what the description says on this one.  Stegosaurus Wilde and I will be reading it no matter what.  The series is so good and I can’t believe I have to wait a year in between each of these to read the next one!!!
P.S. Check out Stego’s review of Book 2!

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

furthermore Releases: August 30
Age: Pretty sure it’s Middle Grade

There are only three things that matter to 12 yr old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears  he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong.

It’s Tahereh Mafi?  What?  Like you’re not interested?  Like this cover isn’t GORGEOUS?  Like you’re not going to read it???

6. The Monster on the Road is Me by J. P. Romney

monster.jpgReleases: August 30
Age: Young Adult

It starts with the crows. When you see them, you know he’s found you.
Koda Okita is a high school student in modern-day Japan who suffers from narcolepsy and has to wear a watermelon-sized helmet to protect his head in case he falls. When a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon that is hell-bent on vengeance. With the help of a mysterious – and not to mention very cute classmate – Koda must find a way to take down this demon.

All kinds of potential for awesomeness here.  Japanese demons and a kid with narcolepsy…what’s not to get excited about?  Also, loving that flaming fox on the cover.  Color me intrigued.
Also? #weneeddiversebooks

7. How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

rollingReleases: August 2
Age: Young Adult

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. 

As you well know by now, I have a soft spot for mean frivolous characters that catch a wake-up call and take it.  Because everyone has the chance to change the person they were in high school, whether they take it or not.  And I’d like to thyink that we all get a little deeper once all that drama settles down!

8. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

gildedReleases: August 2
Age: Young Adult

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident.
A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth?

I know they’re cliche, but I’ll admit: I’m a sucker for a nice girl-in-the-dress cover.  Plus that gorgeous gate and the historical fiction and myster creatures and intrigue?  Sounds promising!

9. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

beauty of darknessAge: Young Adult
Series: 3 of 3
Releases: August 2

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

So normally we don’t like to put sequels on here unless we’ve read the first few–which none of us have here.  I have no idea what’s going on in this series.  But I want to!  Look at that cover!!! I want to read about that chick!!!


10. The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

flame neverAge: Young Adult
Series: 2 of ?
Releases: August 16

Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

Okay, okay, I know what I just said.  And yes, this is another sequel where none of us have read the original.  But come on!  The girl was born to be an EXORCIST.  And it’s Rachel Vincent so you know you can trust her with a story.  I might not have gotten to this one yet, but I’m down.  Sign me up.

11. Scary Out There edited by Jonathan Maberry

scary outAge: Young Adult
Releases: August 30

This collection contains stories and poetry by renowned writers such as R. L. Stine, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Ellen Hopkins—all members of the Horror Writers Association—about what they fear most. The stories include mermaids, ghosts, and personal demons, and are edited by Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker award winner and author of the Rot & Ruin series.

Jonathan Maberry.  I’m there.  But add in R. L. Stine (childhood favorite) and Neal (and Brendan) Shusterman (current favorite) and I’m sooooo in!!!!  Plus, I really do love me some good short stories, and so does TheDinoWhisperer!!!

12. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

the callAge: Young Adult
Releases: August 30

Fourteen-year-old Nessa lives in a world where every teen will be “Called.” It could come in the middle of the day, it could come deep in the night. But one instant she will be here, and the next she will wake up naked and alone in the Sidhe land. She will be spotted, hunted down, and brutally murdered. And she will be sent back in pieces by the Sidhe to the human world . . . unless she joins the rare few who survive for twenty-four hours and escape unscathed.

Sounds like magical version of Hunger Games.  3 minutes to save your life is not a long time.  I’m not sure I’d survive those 3 minutes, let alone 24 hrs in either the dystopian or the magical Hunger Games.  Would you?

So what books are you excited about reading this fall?  What are your tips for balancing a busy schedule (like work, school, kids, etc.) and still finding time to read?  Let us know in the comments down below!!!

–Bronto Incognito

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4 thoughts on “Back to School Cool!

  1. Shadowhunters… shadowhunters build cities of bones… I mean, it’s kind of in the title. But Nevernight looks amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Wax looks creepy. also, Poppy Palladino from Paraffin? puh puh puh puh puh If there’s not a bunch of alliteration in this book, then what is that name for?

    Still need to read the Holly Black/Cassandra Clare book

    Wait… an MC with a disability? Please sign me up for The Monster on the Road is Me. Also, how could I refuse a Japanese monster book? My granddad had narcolepsy. So this sounds awesome.

    I’ll always be up for some awesome fighting girls. Maybe I should pick up this Remnant Chronicles trilogy?

    I am unable to resist The Call of the Sidhe…. It’s my Celtic/Gaelic roots pulling at me. Also? I would not survive.

    I’m excited about Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon! (genre: adult) It came out 8/2. And it’s already on my Kindle. Sometimes, I super love having books delivered to me in the dead of night.

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